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We are so happy to announce the launch of our newly re-designed Care2.com and thepetitionsite.com! It’s been months in the planning, and after many late nights, our team has launched a beautiful new site. The site is much easier to navigate and really represents the many aspects of how we are trying to help our members make a difference in the world. Check it out!

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We have a very rough cut of the Flutterfrog’s flight in Portland.

Also check out the great slide show on Flickr.

From Alex F., designer and pilot of Care2’s Flutterfrog:

For those of you who are wondering how the FlutterFrog’s maiden voyage turned out, it was frickin’ awesome. The audience loved our goofy costumes, and laughed in the right places at our skit. Out trip down the runway was straight, our glide was level and respectably long at forty feet, and I’ve had landings much rougher than ours in commercial jetliners. Ultimately, we did not walk away with any prizes, but we did a better job than most of the teams there, we learned a ton, we had a great time, and we’re *SO* on track for a victory in 2009!

Hopefully there’ll be video of her maiden voyage later this week. πŸ™‚

The Flutterfrog and crew are ready to go. πŸ™‚

Flutterfrog and Crew

Every year, Red Bull sponsors a contest called Flugtag USA. Supposedly the challenge is to achieve homemade, human-powered flight, but as near as I can tell, the real goal is to dive off a pier with as much style as possible. That and to have a good time doing it.

The reason I’m bringing it up is because Alex Feinberg, one of Care2’s engineers, was inspired to submit a proposal for Flugtag, and for the past three weeks, the “Flutterfrog” has been slowly coming together in a garage just north of Redwood City.

It’s been a blast building this amalgam of treefrog and butterfly. The team is especially proud that the Flutterfrog is earth-friendly (made from over 90 percent sustainable or recycled materials).

Launch day is Saturday, August 2 in Portland, Oregon’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park. If you’re in the area, come on by and wish the flight team well! If you can’t make it out, wish the FlutterFrog team good luck via ThePetitionSite.

You can also help our team win the people’s choice award by sending a text message to 72855 (RBULL) with TEAM 17 in the body between 11am and 4pm PST on Saturday, August 2. Help us win!

If you’re curious, the San Mateo Daily News and the Daily Journal wrote articles about the project. There’s also a short slideshow slideshow to be found at Flickr. And even a series of short, homemade videos of the Flutterfrog being built:





The folks at Care2β€”they’re a talented bunch. πŸ™‚

LiAnnaGraduates usually dread that inevitable question asked by well-meaning family members and friends: “What are you doing with your life now?” As a Master’s degree graduate this spring, I’m actually looking forward to the question, because I have an answer. I’m the newest member of Care2’s campaign team.

In my first two weeks, I jumped right in with campaigns on issues like shark finning, Medicare doctor payment cuts, fighting global poverty and closing the digital divide in America. Working with the other members of the campaign team to communicate with Care2 members about issues that are important to me has been incredible.

Not only do I get to work on progressive issues I support, I also get to explore online communication practices, an area of personal fascination and the subject of my Master’s program. Care2’s members demonstrate every day how the Internet has the power to bring people together for common causes. As a native Oregonian, I was particularly excited to see a campaign to protect the Columbia River Gorge collect public testimony that will make a difference in the place I still consider home.

I am thrilled to be a part of the Care2 team and look forward to helping members make a difference in our world.